IAR is policy, always has been.
On the Ignore all rules policy, in an edit summary (18 August 2006)
By all means break the rules, and break them beautifully, deliberately and well. That is one of the ends for which they exist.
An exception is nothing else than a rule that applies exceptionally.
The majority of parents are poor psychologists and give their children the most questionable moral trainings. It is perhaps in this domain that one realized most how keenly how immoral it can be to believe too much in morality, and how much more precious is a little humanity than all the rules in the world.jean piaget
If a rule prevents you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia, ignore it.
Smokey, this is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.
Love rules without rules.
The realization that life is absurd and cannot be an end , but only a beginning . This is a truth nearly all great minds have taken as their starting point. It is not this discovery that is interesting, but the consequences and rules of action drawn from it.Albert Camus
It is paltry philosophy if in the old-fashioned way one lays down rules and principles in total disregard of moral values . As soon as these appear one regards them as exceptions, which gives them a certain scientific status, and thus makes them into rules. Or again one may appeal to genius , which is above all rules; which amounts to admitting that rules are not only made for idiots , but are idiotic in themselves.Carl von Clausewitz
It is the nature of man to build the most complicated cage of rules and regulations in which to trap himself, and then, with equal ingenuity and zest, to bend his brain to the problem of wriggling triumphantly out again.
Where love rules, there is no will to power ; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.carl jung
Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.Douglas MacArthur
Rule, after you have first learned to submit to rule.Solon
Any fool can make a rule and any fool will mind it.Henry David Thoreau
You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.Denis Waitley